Williams Lake Junior Councillors presented a project to make the downtown area recycling friendly at Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting.
Junior Councillor, Donovan Shaw says they chose the downtown area to purchase and install 9 stainless bottle and can recyclers on garbage cans due to the large amounts of foot traffic.
“We’ve all personally noticed that as walking downtown holding a bottle going from business to business there’s nowhere to put them.”
“There are the garbage cans obviously, but as eco-conscious people, we really don’t want to put them there and then it’s an inconvenience to have it in your bag, have it in your hand, you walk around with it; it’s just annoying and eventually they get thrown out anyways.”
“The idea is to give them some space to go instead of the garbage cans or the streets.”
Donovan adds that their generation has a strong opinion on doing something for the environment.
“There’s a lot of talk on about how important the environment is but there’s not a lot of action, unfortunately.”
“We see even within the federal government and Stephen Harper; their non-committing to environmental issues.”
“We think it’s important to start now especially while we have the power and time to do it and work towards making our world sustainable.”
“I think the first place obviously to start is here.”
The project which was approved in principle by City Councillors has been referred to staff to further investigate the costs of installation and maintenance.
Similar recyclers were installed within areas in Boitanio Park and Scout Island 3 years ago.